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September 6, 2013

CMAP Weekly Update, 9-6-13

Among the highlights from CMAP executive director Randy Blankenhorn, the CMAP Board will meet Wednesday, September 11 at 9:30 a.m.; new Community Data Snapshots summarize demographics, housing, employment, transportation habits, retail sales, property values, and land use in metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities and seven counties; new September update available for the Local Technical Assistance program, and more. Subscribeto get Weekly Updates by e-mail.

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CMAP meeting. The CMAP Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. next Wednesday, September 11, 2013.

Community Data Snapshots. This week, CMAP released a set of Community Data Snapshots that summarize demographics, housing, employment, transportation habits, retail sales, property values, and land use in metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities and seven counties. Each snapshot is presented in an easy-to-print PDF, and they are grouped both alphabetically and by county. For questions and comments, contact Liz Panella ( or 312-386-8839).

FLIP deadline. Now in its sixth year, CMAP's Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) program gets young people involved in the issues that shape our region. Please encourage high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to apply by September 23. Contact Ricardo Lopez ( or 312-386-8766).

Other News and Announcements

LTA updates. A September update for all Local Technical Assistance projects is now available at Among recent highlights, residents can provide feedback via an on-line survey for the Apache Park Neighborhood Plan under development by the City of Des Plaines. The plan will address crime prevention through environmental design, an innovative approach to improving the appearance and safety of buildings and outdoor spaces. Individuals can also fill out the survey and stay up to date on project developments via an app on the iPhone (English and Spanish) and Android (English and Spanish).

Policy reports in the news. Evanston Now wrote a third piece on property tax breaks in its series examining Evanston's use of tax incentives, each of which feature analysis from CMAP's new economic development incentives report. Last week's articles focused on tax increment financing (TIF) districts and sales tax rebates. Additionally, the Daily Herald described efforts by the College of Lake County to prepare its students for high-tech manufacturing jobs. The article references CMAP's manufacturing cluster research.

CMAQ in the news. The Daily Herald described Pace plans to expand its express bus service along I-90 from Elgin by 2016. The service expansion is partially funded through CMAP's Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program. Pace is working with the Illinois Tollway on rebuilding and widening of the expressway, which is a GO TO 2040 major capital project. CMAP recommends implementation of congestion pricing on the new lanes. To learn more, visit

Transit task force. The Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force met for the first time this week. It will submit an interim report to the Governor in October and produce a final report in January 2014, as described in these background materials. Public comments for the task force can be submitted on-line. Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

Crain's Who's Who. Crain's Chicago Business interviewed the Chicago Community Trust president and CEO Terry Mazany on the next generation of civic leaders for this week's Who's Who issue.

Active Trans events. The Active Transportation Alliance will host two bike/pedestrian-friendly events this month. From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on September 15, Open Streets Chicago will enable three miles of Milwaukee Ave. to be car free between Ashland Ave. and Logan Blvd. In partnership with the Regional Transportation Authority, Active Trans is also sponsoring Car Free Week September 22-28. Individuals can track their car-free trips and enter to win prizes.

Moving Forward Together. Mercy Housing will host its annual event, Moving Forward Together, on October 9 at Northwestern's Law School (Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Avenue, Chicago). Purchase tickets on-line.

CMAP Blogs

Soles and Spokes. CMAP's bike-ped planning blog highlighted a presentation on the Federal Highway Administration's Systemic Safety Project Selection Tool and its potential application to address pedestrian safety issues.


Performance-based funding. Transparent evaluation criteria based on "performance-based funding" can improve transportation decision making, as described in a CMAP microsite and detailed analysis.

Grant writing class. Grant Writing USA and the Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy will host a class on how to identify and respond to grant opportunities on September 16-17 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cook County Sheriff's Police Training Academy (2000 N. 5th Avenue, River Grove).

Housing solutions forum. A housing event, "New Partnerships and Novel Plans: Housing Solutions for People with Disabilities" will be held on Monday, September 9, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (with reception to follow) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. For details, contact Katie Groen of Sheridan Ventures ( or 202-285-0409).


Lincolnwood community roundtable
September 10, 2013
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Lincolnwood Village Hall: 6900 N. Lincoln Avenue, Lincolnwood
Hosted by the Village of Lincolnwood, the City of Chicago, Urban Land Institute of Chicago, CMAP